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Western Oregon USFS BAER

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Umpqua National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Roseburg, OR 97471

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Incident Contacts

Alex Rozin
Email: alexandra.rozin@usda.gov
Phone: 208-507-8077

Dave Olsen
Email: dfolson@usda.gov
Phone: 360-891-5154

Three Phases of Wildfire Recovery

Western Oregon USFS BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
News – 9/27/2020

THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE RECOVERY

There are three phases of recovery following wildfires on Forest Service lands:

- Fire Suppression Repair

- Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

- Long-term Recovery and Restoration

Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damage and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This usually begins before the fire is contained, and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by specialists to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands. If necessary, BAER teams will make recommendations to take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first major storms. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment delivery, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources. BAER actions such as mulching, seeding, installation of erosion and water run-off control structures, temporary barriers to protect recovering areas, and installation of warning signs may be implemented. BAER work may also remove safety hazards, prevent permanent loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species, prevent the spread of noxious weeds, and protect critical cultural resources.

Long-term Recovery and Restoration utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life and safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat, reforestation, other planting or seeding, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites, treating noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.

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